For Lightroom there are a number of free replacement programs known as public domain. One is RawTherapee another is Darktable. RawTherapee used to be the most advanced, but Darktable has caught up with that program and is now seen as the Lightroom replacement.
Professional photographers are also increasingly switching to this program, which is even better compared to Lightroom in some respects. In addition, the program works in practically every language, including Dutch. So if you don’t feel like Adobe Cloud, this is an alternative.
I’ve been using Darktable with some regularity since version 1.0.3, which was released almost 10 years ago. I can say with some confidence that the latest version, Darktable 3.6, is one of the biggest releases the project has ever released.
You can’t think of a more perfect time to get in because working has become a lot easier with Darktable.
There’s a staggering number of new features, many of which are related to improving workflow and user experience, areas where Darktable sometimes lagged behind its closed source competitors. Indeed, while Darktable has long had much more powerful features than some other popular RAW image developer,
finding and using them has never been easier.
This release largely solves that problem, by making it easier to adapt Darktable to your own work habits, and by adding a number of new features that go a long way towards speeding up your image processing.
Misschien wel de meest welkome van deze nieuwe functies en verbeteringen is de herziening van het dialoogvenster voor het importeren van afbeeldingen. Darktable is een niet-destructieve RAW-editor, wat betekent dat het nooit je originele RAW-bestanden raakt. Alle aanpassingen worden opgeslagen in een sidecar-bestand (met de extensie .xmp) en in de Darktable-database.
Darktable 3.6 has a completely rewritten import dialog that will now not only add your photos to Darktable, but also move and rename them in the process if you wish. Perhaps the best part of the new import dialog isn’t for importing camera maps though, but for images already on your disk.
So now is a great time to join Darktable. To help with this, I’m starting a series on this website about the functions of Darktable and how you can use them in a logical way. When we’re done, you’ll be sure enough to use your own workflow. You can already download the software and take a look at the excellent manual.